Past Initiatives

JUSTGeorgia: Building Justice and Safety For Children

JUSTGeorgia is a partnership of Georgia Appleseed and two other major child advocacy groups. It is now focused on assisting in the effective implementation of the revised Georgia Juvenile Code, which became effective on January 1, 2014 following lengthy advocacy by the JUSTGeorgia partnership.

Due Process for Forensic Patients

The "forensic units" of several of Georgia's state hospitals house individuals who have been accused of a crime but who have been determined to be nonrestorably incompetent to stand trial. In partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid, this project focuses on whether these persons are being maintained in state custody in accordance with constitutional and statutory requirements.

Incapacitated Elders

Georgia Appleseed is working with the probate courts in Georgia to assess the effectiveness of a state law designed to create temporary medical guardians to assist incapacitated elders, who have outlived relatives and close friends, to make key medical and end of life decisions.

Imposition of Court Fees and Costs on Indigent Defendants

Relatively minor violations of criminal and traffic laws can result in court-imposed fines along with associated fees and costs. Indigent defendants who are unable to pay amounts due can find themselves in a devastating spiral of potential incarceration and job loss. This initiative examines the extent to which these circumstances arise in Georgia and how they can be avoided.

Clearing Barriers for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Georgia Appleseed, along with our pro-bono volunteers and in cooperation with the many committed advocacy organizations seeking to end human trafficking, will work to expand the scope of the Safe Harbor defense for future victims and for the enactment of provisions that would allow more previously convicted survivors to have access to the record of these charges restricted.

Model Student Code of Conduct

Georgia Appleseed seeks to initiate a review and revision of the state model student code of conduct to assure that it is aligned with current best practices with regard to student discipline and is consistent with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Erasing the Opportunity Gap

Educational resources may be inequitably allocated among schools within a school district often as a result of inattention. This initiative seeks to highlight both this potential challenge and the availability of a tool that will allow school officials, parent s and others to assess whether the education resource “playing field” is level for all students in the district.